Source: Avenue Magazine – Published Nov 1st, 2012 by Robyn Burnett
While Lauren Herschel’s day job as an ecommunications advisor has her managing online activities and social media for Bridgewater Bank, she is also a modern-day pioneer. In June 2011, she anonymously donated her left kidney, starting a paired donation chain that has resulted in four transplants.
Herschel’s curiosity in organ donation was sparked when a friend posted on Facebook that she was donating part of her liver to her father. After her own dad passed away due to cancer, Herschel started doing some research. She contacted the Kidney Foundation and was directed to Foothills Medical Centre and the Southern Alberta Transplant Program. “I had an ‘a-ha!’ moment. If I was healthy enough to donate, I could give somebody time with their family that they wouldn’t normally have,” Herschel says. Click here to read more.
The Kidney Foundation, Southern Alberta Branch, wants to remind Albertans that registering is one step in making your intent to donate your organs and tissues known. However, even with signing the back of your Alberta Health Card, your family/next-of-kin will be asked for consent in the event of your Click here to read more.
Earl had to go.
While waiting for an appointment with her transplant co-ordinator last year, Jody Horvath took the unusual tack of naming her kidneys Earl and Pearl.
“A friend and I were texting each other when she suggested I give them names,” the vivacious 24-year-old says with a laugh. So, in homage to that Dixie Chicks song of a few years back, she named one Earl and the other Pearl, knowing that by year’s end, Earl would be long gone.
“I don’t know why I named them, just something to do,” she adds. Click here to read more.
August 2nd, 2011 By: Kelsey Hipkin, Cochrane Eagle
Particia Wylie is ready to put another 100 kilometres on her walking shoes.
For the second time in as many years, the 64-year old Cochrane woman will walk 100 kilometers in three days for the second annual Kidney best medicine for herpes March Sepember 9-11. Read On….
Breanna Elliotson, a member of the Kidney March Facebook community speaks to receiving the gift of life from an incredibly generous neighbor in this moving video…